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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
On a foggy morning last week, 20 Luther College students, staff and faculty pulled plastic over the new high tunnel at the Luther College Gardens. The high tunnel will help them extend their growing season by at least two months. Many of the veggies and herbs are seved in the college cafeteria and at Oneota Coop in Decorah. See more photos on the Gardens' Facebook page. More information is at the college's Sustainable Food website. Luther College is a key partner in the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative. [Photo by Luther College Gardens]
This report outlines the work of the Local Food and Farm Program funded by the Iowa Legislature. The initiative builds on the work of the Leopold Center, ISU Extension and Outreach and other organizations to make local food products more available and accessible to Iowans. Read the report.